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The Falcons like Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray, though expected HC Dan Quinn figures to have a say in the team's draft decision, reported TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The Falcons pick No. 7 overall. Not surprisingly, many mock drafts, including Daniel Jeremiah's, currently have Atlanta selecting Ray. "Sources close to the situation tell me Quinn is a stickler for arm length so Ray’s measurements, hand and arm, could play a big factor," Pauline wrote. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray, who declared for the draft early, was a consensus All-American in his first season as starter. Ray posted 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss, earning SEC defensive player of the year honors.
Jan 20 - 7:05 PM

A Missouri coach believes redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray could run in the low 4.4s in the 40-yard dash at the combine.

Ludicrous speed from a defensive end. The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray, who declared for the draft early, was a consensus All-American in his first season as starter. Ray posted 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss, earning SEC defensive player of the year honors. The Mizzou product has a good chance of going in the top 10 in the 2015 draft.
Jan 12 - 1:04 AM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray "may have the best first-step among all of the pass-rushers in the 2015 draft," writes CBS Sports' Rob Rang.

Ray will enter this spring's draft. "He used his blinding speed to rack up 14.5 sacks and 22.5 tackles for loss, each of which led the Southeastern Conference," Rang wrote. "Speed kills in the NFL and so Ray's early entry was hardly a surprise." The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray was a consensus All-American in his first season as starter. Ray was also voted first-team All-American and SEC defensive player of the year by the Associated Press.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 6 - 6:17 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray will enter the 2015 NFL Draft, according to Rand Getlin.

The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray has recorded 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss this season. A consensus All-American, Ray was voted first-team All-American and SEC defensive player of the year by the Associated Press. The Tigers' prospect has a good chance of going in the top 10 in the 2015 draft.
Jan 5 - 3:49 PM

Missouri senior DE Markus Golden finished with 10 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in Thursday's 33-17 Citrus Bowl win against Minnesota.

Golden was named game MVP. "It's a blessing to be a part of this team. Just to be out here playing," Golden said. "One of the best days of my life." Golden won't be drafted as high as star DE teammate Shane Ray, but he supplies supreme length and hand use on the edge. Evaluators can't wait to get an up-close look at the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden at the Senior Bowl. He grades as a high second-rounder.
Jan 1 - 8:19 PM

Missouri redshirt senior RB Marcus Murphy ran for 157 yards on only 12 carries in Thursday's 33-17 Citrus Bowl win against Minnesota.

The Gophers shut down Missouri's passing attack, but couldn't stop the Tigers' running backs, also coughing up Russell Hansbrough's 114 yards and touchdown. Murphy didn't reach the end zone himself, but his 69-yard run in the fourth quarter set up Missouri's decisive score. NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote earlier this season that he is "confident" Murphy "will get an opportunity to make a roster as a utility player."
Jan 1 - 8:06 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray reminds NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah of Seattle's Cliff Avril.

"Got kind of a unique body — not real thick in the lower half," he said. "He’s another one that’s got really, really good first-step quickness. He’s really good with his hands. He reminds me of Cliff Avril with Seattle. You wish maybe he was a little bit bigger, maybe a little bit stronger in the lower half, but I think he’s kind of an ideal 3-4 outside linebacker." The 6-foot-3, 245-pound Ray has recorded 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss this season. A consensus All-American, Ray was voted first-team All-American and SEC defensive player of the year by the Associated Press.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 08:07:00 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher named a consensus All-American.

In order to be named a consensus All-American, players must receive first-team honors on three of the five All-America lists recognized by the NCAA. The 6-foot-3,245-pound Ray has recorded 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss this season and was voted first-team All-American and SEC defensive player of the year by the Associated Press. Missouri ends its season in the Citrus Bowl against Minnesota on Jan. 1.
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 02:33:00 PM

An SEC offensive coach compared Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray to Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs.

"When you study Ray on tape, you see a lot of the same qualities Suggs had as a pass rusher coming out of college," the coach told NFL.com. "He can really turn that corner sharply." It's been reported that Ray is likely to declare early for the draft. When he does, he'll likely hear his name called in the top 10. "While Missouri has been the home of 'try hard' defensive ends like Kony Ealy, Michael Sam and now Markus Golden, Ray can win with explosiveness and athleticism more frequently than the aforementioned ends," wrote NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah, Bucky Brooks, Charles Davis and Lance Zierlein. "Evaluators love Ray's play demeanor and his ability to win around the corner or with inside moves while still being able to handle himself against the run."
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 18, 2014 01:05:00 AM

Yahoo! Sports reports Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray is "strongly considering" jumping to the NFL.

We'd expect nothing less, as Ray is a favorite to go in the top 10. "Sources indicate his mother, Sebrina Johnson, is in the process of setting up and conducting meetings with agents and vetting potential representatives," reported Rand Getlin. Ray has produced 14 sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss this season and was voted first-team All-American and SEC defensive player of the year by the Associated Press. Missouri ends its season in the Citrus Bowl against Minnesota on Jan. 1.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 09:36:00 PM

Missouri senior DE Markus Golden accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.

While Golden won't be drafted as high as stud DE teammate Shane Ray, he supplies supreme length and hand use on the edge. Evaluators can't wait to get an up-close look at the 6-foot-3, 260-pound Golden. He grades out at the moment as a high second-rounder.
Source: Senior Bowl
Mon, Dec 15, 2014 08:35:00 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray rose up to No. 3 over Todd McShay's Big Board.

"Ray continues to rise on our draft board," McShay wrote. "He has a bit of a tweener frame, with below-average height and a lean build, but he has been incredibly productive this season, has elite speed for the position, and he explodes off the line with his first step, quick feet and hands and an effective spin move. He has initial pop but needs to improve his ability to convert speed to power. He's an active and disruptive force against the run, making a lot of plays in pursuit, and he has a relentless motor." Ray currently has an SEC-high 14.5 sacks. He's expected to declare for the draft after the season, at which time he'll have a decent chance of going in the top 10.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 10:20:00 PM

Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray "has to play smarter and more disciplined to show he will be a reliable pro," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Did Ray "hurt" himself in the eyes of NFL scouts? Not necessarily. But he definitely didn't help himself as his mistake forced him to leave a stage ready for him to make a statement. Whether you agree with the targeting rule or not, Ray has to play smarter and more disciplined to show he will be a reliable pro," Brugler wrote. Ray was ejected for targeting in the second quarter for leading with his helmet in a viscous hit of Blake Sims. Prior to that, he collected a sack to give him an SEC-high 14.5. Brugler adds that, Ray definitely "didn't help himself as his mistake forced him to leave a stage ready for him to make a statement."
Source: CBS Sports
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 04:03:00 PM

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks believes Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray's "brief performance [in the SEC Championship] gave evaluators a glimpse of his potential as a pro."

Ray was ejected for targeting in the second quarter for leading with his helmet in a viscous hit of Blake Sims. Prior to that, he collected a sack to give him an SEC-high 14.5. "From a scouting perspective, Ray's performance in his limited action confirmed his speed, athleticism and explosive nature as a pass rusher. He shows outstanding first-step quickness and acceleration off the corner while also displaying tremendous balance and body control," Brooks wrote. "Ray's suddenness overwhelms offensive tackles, which allows him to win with inside counter moves when blockers overreact to his speed rush. To be fair, Ray was facing a talented freshman offensive tackle (Cam Robinson) still adjusting to the speed and tempo of championship-caliber football, but the performance against an All-SEC Freshman team member provided a glimpse of what the Tiger standout could do at the next level."
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 11:14:00 PM

Alabama left tackle Cam Robinson said Missouri redshirt junior edge rusher Shane Ray is ready for the NFL.

"Definitely, most definitely," Robinson said when asked if Ray seemed NFL-ready. "I played against a lot of great defensive ends this year, and he was right there with any of them. I definitely feel he'll be very successful at the next level. He's very quick, very explosive." Though Ray was ejected in the second quarter of the contest, he did beat Robinson for a sack. Robinson compared Ray to Florida defensive end Dante Fowler. "Probably Dante Fowler from Florida -- they're pretty similar in the way they play. They are hard to handle," Robinson said.
Source: NFL.com
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 09:04:00 PM


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